Ammoudi Bay in Oia, Santorini

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Updated: June 2, 2023
By Santorini Dave

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Ammoudi Bay in Santorini.

Beautiful Ammoudi Bay just below Oia in Santorini.

Ammoudi Bay

Ammoudi is a beautiful bay and small port located between 278 steps below Oia. The bay is lined with terrific seafood restaurants, with the crystal clear waters lapping at the table’s edge. The port is busy with boat tours arriving and departing all day long. Catamarans of all sizes bring tourists to see the volcano, swim in the hot springs, tour the caldera cliffs and beaches, and on wildly popular sunset cruises. 5 minutes walk past the last restaurant, a dirt path hooks around the corner to a great swimming spot, with a small island you can swim out to that has a popular ledge to jump off.

Map showing access, restaurants, and features of Ammoudi Bay in Santorini, Greece

Accessing Ammoudi Bay

There are two good options to reach the bay. A steep but walkable staircase from just below the castle in Oia leads down to the bay if you’re up for it. Each step is wide, and the surfaces uneven at times. If you’re heading out to a romantic dinner in fancy shoes or spending the day in flip flops, this walk probably isn’t for you. Like the Fira to Oia hiking trail, it’ll help to have on appropriate shoes.

The other way is to take a taxi that can be arranged at your hotel or by your restaurant for the return. The fixed priced for a taxi between Oia and Amoudi is 10€. Another option is to walk one direction and drive the other. Ammoudi Bay restaurant waiters are happy to call taxis for their dining guests after a meal.

There is a small parking lot adjacent to Ammoudi Bay, but the road down is narrow, and the lot is often packed with cars and difficult to access. For this reason, even if you have a rental car, we recommend walking or taking a taxi to Ammoudi Bay over driving yourself.

catamarans waiting

Watching the boats come and go is a great pleasure while dining along the water.

Ammoudi Bay Information

Ammoudi Bay Photos

Fresh Greek seafood at Santorini restaurant.

Fresh seafood in Ammoudi Bay.

Ammoudi Bay restaurants.

Ammoudi has several very good restaurants right on the water’s edge.

Boat tours from Ammoudi Bay, Santorini.

Ammoudi Bay is where many caldera boat tours depart.

View of Oia and Ammoudi Bay.

The view of Oia and Ammoudi Bay from a boat tour.

Walk from Oia to Ammoudi Bay.

A steep 278 stairs descend from Oia to Ammoudi Bay. The stairs are wide but uneven. The bay is also accessible by vehicle.

View of Ammoudi from Oia hotel.

Fanari Villas in Oia, above Ammoudi Bay.

Sunset view from Oia hotel.

Oia Castle Hotel above Ammoudi Bay.

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